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Regrow project ready to spread roots

Sonny and Mason from St Patricks Primary with masses of Regrow plants ready for planting in bushfire impacted gardens.
Sonny (left) and Mason (right) from St Patricks Primary with masses of Regrow plants ready for planting in bushfire impacted gardens. Thumbnail image: Green fingered kids Alice (left) and Kitty (right) from Sapphire Coast Anglican College helping to get tube stock into pots.

10 December 2020

Kids from some of our local schools have been hard at work giving bushfire impacted gardens a chance to grow new shoots.

Teaming up with charity, Convoy of Hope, Bega Valley Shire Council and a bevy of helping hands, the schools have been busy growing 3500 native plants and trees that are ready for planting in fire affected gardens.

Participating schools are putting the call out to people whose gardens were impacted during the summer bushfires to pick up their free plants and kickstart regrowth at home.

From now until 16th December young plants, trees and shrubs are available from the following schools:

  • Bega High School: Wednesday-Thursday (9:30am-3:30pm) - from the Auckland St entrance
  • St Patricks Primary School: Monday and Tuesday (9:00am - 3:30pm) – from the Gipps St gate
  • Quaama Public School: Monday-Friday (2:30pm-3:30pm) - from the front of the school
  • Tathra Public School: Tuesday-Wednesday - from the main entrance
  • Candelo Public School: available in January/February at the primary school's P&C market BBQ
  • Towamba Public School: Friday 11 December (9am-3pm), at the front gate.

From Thursday 17 December, after schools close for the summer break, plants will be available at:

  • Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre, 22-34 Princes Highway: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (10:00am - 4:00pm) or Saturday (10:00am - 2:00pm)
  • Quaama Hall: Quaama Community Market, 20 December (12:00pm – 3:00pm).

Council’s Environmental Education Officer, Natalie Ryan said the project is the brainchild of Convoy of Hope, who have donated $1 for every one of the 3500 plants grown from tube stock in local schools.

“Council also donated to the project and we’ve received lots of help from local Mitre 10 stores who provided and delivered potting mix, and from the owners of Kangarutha Farm who donated masses of plant pots for the project.

“And of course, the kids from 16 schools throughout the Shire have done an amazing job at getting tube stock plants established and ready for replanting in gardens that need regreening after the fires.

“They have enjoyed contributing to their community’s recovery and rebuilding habitat though the regrow program.

“We ask that only people who lost some or all of their garden to the bushfires pick up these plants. Seeing regrowth in areas lost to fire gives a real sense of hope and goes a long way towards the recovery process,” Mrs Ryan said.

For more information on the Regrow project go to Council’s website.

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